Wolf Among 127 Nominated for HOF

Ron Wolf (Don Emmert/AFP)

Ron Wolf and LeRoy Butler were two of the driving forces behind the Super Bowl XXXI win and Sterling Sharpe was one of the game's most prolific wide receivers. They join Dave Robinson and outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene on the ballot.

Ron Wolf, LeRoy Butler and Sterling Sharpe are among the 127 players nominated for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2013 will be selected from the list of the 15 modern-era finalists plus the two senior nominees (former Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers nose tackle Curley Culp and former Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins linebacker Dave Robinson) who were selected last month by the Hall of Fame's Senior Selection Committee.

Also, outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene is nominated, as was Clay Matthews, the father of Packers star Clay Matthews III.

Offensive linemen Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden, defensive linemen Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan, defensive back John Lynch and kicker Morten Andersen, are among the 13 first-year eligible modern-era nominees.

Under Wolf, the Packers went 93-45 and won Super Bowl XXXI behind his choice as coach (Mike Holmgren) and quarterback (Brett Favre). Butler was a five-time All-Pro and a member of the NFL's all-1990s team. He was the first player in NFL history with 20 sacks (20.5) and 20 interceptions (38). Despite having his career shortened to seven seasons, Sharpe ranks second in team history with 595 catches, including record-setting seasons of 108 in 1992 and 112 in 1993. He was an All-Pro five times.

First-year Eligible Nominees

Quarterback – Steve McNair

Running Back – Priest Holmes

Wide Receiver – Keenan McCardell

Offensive Linemen – Larry Allen (G), Tom Nalen (C), Jonathan Ogden (T)

Defensive Linemen – Sam Adams (DT), Warren Sapp (DT), Michael Strahan (DE), Ted Washington (DT/NT), Bryant Young (DE)

Defensive Back – John Lynch (S)

Kicker – Morten Andersen

Additional Nominees

QUARTERBACKS – Drew Bledsoe, Randall Cunningham, Ron Jaworski, Neil Lomax, Phil Simms, Danny White (also P)

RUNNING BACKS – Jamal Anderson, Ottis Anderson, Tiki Barber, *Jerome Bettis, Larry Centers, Roger Craig, Stephen Davis, Terrell Davis, Eddie George, Brian Mitchell (also PR/KR), Gerald Riggs, Herschel Walker, Ricky Watters

WIDE RECEIVERS –*Tim Brown (also KR), *Cris Carter, Gary Clark, Mark Clayton, Henry Ellard (also PR), Keyshawn Johnson, Stanley Morgan, *Andre Reed, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith

TIGHT ENDS – Todd Christensen, Ben Coates

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN – Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Jim Covert (T), Joe Fields (C), Bill Fralic (G/T), Jeff Hartings (G/C), Jay Hilgenberg (C),  Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), Joe Jacoby (T), Mike Kenn (T), Jim Lachey (T), *Will Shields (G), Erik Williams (T), Steve Wisniewski (G)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN – Carl Hairston (DE/DT), *Charles Haley (DE/LB), Ed "Too Tall" Jones (DE), Joe Klecko (DE/DT/NT), Dexter Manley (DE), Charles Mann (DE), Fred Smerlas (NT)

LINEBACKERS – Cornelius Bennett, *Kevin Greene (also DE), Ken Harvey, Clay Matthews, Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Darryl Talley

DEFENSIVE BACKS – Eric Allen (CB), Steve Atwater (S), Joey Browner (S), LeRoy Butler (S), Nolan Cromwell (S), Albert Lewis (CB), Dennis Smith (S), Troy Vincent (CB), Everson Walls (CB), *Aeneas Williams (CB/S), Darren Woodson (S)

PUNTERS/KICKERS – Gary Anderson (K), Sean Landeta (P), Nick Lowery (K)

SPECIAL TEAMS/POSITION PLAYER – Steve Tasker (also WR)

COACHES – Bill Arnsparger, Doug Blevins, Bud Carson, Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Tom Flores, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, *Bill Parcells, Buddy Parker, Dan Reeves, Marty Schottenheimer, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil

CONTRIBUTORS – K. S. (Bud) Adams, Jr., George Anderson, Bobby Beathard, Gil Brandt, C. O. Brocato, Leo Carlin, Jack Kent Cooke, Otho Davis, *Ed DeBartolo, Jr., Ron Gibbs, Ralph Kohl, Eddie Kotal, Robert Kraft, Art McNally, Art Modell, Bill Polian, Art Rooney, Jr., Steve Sabol, Carl Storck, Paul Tagliabue, Burl Toler, Sr., Jim Tunney, Ron Wolf, George Young                                

*On 2012 finalists list


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